No. 2 Oregon learns from Pac-12 opener

By By ANNE M. PETERSON The second-ranked Ducks were flying high after a nonconference victory over then-No. 7 Michigan State earlier this season, but Washington State and the start of Pac-12 play brought Oregon back to reality…. …read more

From:: AP Washington News

No. 2 Oregon learns from Pac-12 opener

By By ANNE M. PETERSON The second-ranked Ducks were flying high after a nonconference victory over then-No. 7 Michigan State earlier this season, but Washington State and the start of Pac-12 play brought Oregon back to reality…. …read more

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Northbound I-5 reopens a day early in Olympia, southbound I-5 still restricted

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation have completed the task of replacing an aging bridge expansion joint from the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Olympia. All northbound lanes have been restriped to their original configurations and the 60 mph speed limit has been reinstated in the northbound direction. In addition, the Deschutes Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 and all lanes on the US 101 ramp to northbound I-5 are now open. The northbound work had been schedule …read more

From:: WSDOT Olympic Travel News

Northbound I-5 reopens a day early in Olympia, southbound I-5 still restricted

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation have completed the task of replacing an aging bridge expansion joint from the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Olympia. All northbound lanes have been restriped to their original configurations and the 60 mph speed limit has been reinstated in the northbound direction. In addition, the Deschutes Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 and all lanes on the US 101 ramp to northbound I-5 are now open. The northbound work had been schedule …read more

From:: WSDOT Olympic Travel News

Beachwalkers and Bird Watchers needed for COASST survey

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST).  COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska.  Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month.If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. Hear about how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens.  There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors.

 

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Wet weather delays opening of new SR 530 roadway near Oso until Tuesday morning

The reopening of the newly reconstructed State Route 530 near Oso to two-way, 50 mph traffic has been delayed by steady rain falling the past two days. …read more

From:: WSDOT Southwest Travel News

Wet weather delays opening of new SR 530 roadway near Oso until Tuesday morning

The reopening of the newly reconstructed State Route 530 near Oso to two-way, 50 mph traffic has been delayed by steady rain falling the past two days. …read more

From:: WSDOT Southwest Travel News

Comment Period opens on Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC proposal in Hoquiam

Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC

A comment period begins today on the proposed terminal to receive, store, and ship bulk liquids at the Port of Grays Harbor.

During the scoping period, between September 18 through November 3, the state Department of Ecology and the city of Hoquiam invite the public to comment on what should be studied in the environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared for the proposal submitted by Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC (a subsidiary of U.S. Development).

An EIS is a document that provides information about the effects on the environment of a proposal. It is neither a decision nor a permit. This information helps inform future decisions made by local and state permitting agencies. Permit decisions cannot be made until after the environmental reviews are complete.

This proposal is the first step in the EIS process – the scoping period. The purpose of the scoping is to gather input on what should be studied in the EIS. After considering comments received during scoping, the agencies will decide what to study in the EIS. Ecology and Hoquiam have already identified certain study areas that will be included in their determination of significance, to be published September 18 and available via the city of Hoquiam’s website. Study areas pre-identified include: vehicle and vessel traffic; rail traffic and safety; vessel safety; oil spill prevention, preparedness and response; noise; and potential impacts to air, water, marine life and animals.

Scoping comments may be shared orally at scoping meetings, submitted in writing via standard mail, or via an electronic comment form.

The mailing address is:

Grays Harbor Rail Terminal EIS
c/o ICF International,
710 Second Avenue, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98104
 

Two public meetings with open houses are scheduled. No formal presentation will occur, so people may arrive and leave as they choose during the meetings.

  • October 16: Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion, Morrison River Front Park 1401 Sargent Blvd. Aberdeen, WA 1 p.m. open house, 1:30 p.m. public comment starts.
  • October 16: Elma, Grays Harbor County Fair and Event Center,  32 Elma-McCleary Rd, Elma, WA , 6 p.m. open house, 6:30 p.m. public comment starts.

All comments received will be considered for the environmental reviews of the proposal. Information about the environmental review and the project proposals is available on Ecology’s website.

 

 

**Please note that the attached photo was one of the preliminary photos supplied by the firm, and inaccurately points to Westport in the direction of Ocean Shores.

Fifth batch of State Route 520 Bridge Pontoons to float from Aberdeen Casting Basin

Aberdeen SR520 pontoon casting basin

The fifth cycle of pontoons for the State Route 520 bridge are complete, and will be floating out of their Aberdeen casting basin later this month. Port Executive Director Leonard Barnes told Commissioners this week “We’re going to have the pontoons floating out for Kiewit on the 26th, in the morning at about 0800 they’ll start moving. We’re going to take those to Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.” Adding that this is the next to last batch of pontoons to be built in Aberdeen “there will be six in this batch, like the previous ones. Then the next one will happen at the very end of March, for [float-out] the first of April 2015. There will be only 3 pontoons, half as many in that one, and that’s it.”

Barnes gave tips on how to view the giant concrete structures that morning “It’s a great opportunity I think, if you want to go see. I would suggest going to the 28th street boat launch, because you can see right there from the viewing tower, the one at T1 is right there, the one going to T3 are going to run right in front of you, so it’ll be a great spot to view.” The pontoons will hang around in the harbor for a while, and will later be towed to Lake Washington for construction of the new SR 520 floating bridge.

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Aberdeen police seek tips on shooting incident near high school

Aberdeen WA Police Department

A 17-year-old boy suffered a single gunshot wound to his leg Thursday near Aberdeen High School.
Detective Sergeant Art Laur tells us they were called to the area of East Second and North H Streets just after 4 p.m. to the report of a shooting near the high school. They found one victim and another juvenile at the scene, neither would cooperate with the investigation.

Witnesses reported the teens were walking on Second Street when they were approached by a green-colored vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Blazer or similar vehicle. Laur said witnesses reported multiple gunshots as the vehicle approached, and the juveniles began to run. The vehicle fled the area and has not been located.

Laur also reported that the juvenile who was injured refused medical attention, and the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aberdeen Police Department at (360) 533-3180 or the tip line at (360) 538-4450.